The hottest cocktail party in town rocked on Friday, Jan. 19. More than 450 friends of World Pediatric Project gathered at Old Warson Country Club for an evening of inspiration where they heard from World Pediatric Project patient Erickson, age 13 from Guatemala, who shared his story of the lifesaving treatment that he received. He urged guests to “give a lot more kids like him a happy ending.”

As guests entered the room they were awed by an art installation of 2,292 paper doves representing every child served by World Pediatric Project over the past year. This unique evening featured a luxury vacation auction, a cocktail buffet, fine wines and the opportunity to meet children undergoing care.

Through the incredible generosity of those in attendance, sponsorships and donations, a record breaking $865,000 was raised to assist children from the Caribbean and Central America needing pediatric medical care not available in their home countries. Every $1 contributed delivers $4 in advanced pediatric care through donations by our partner hospitals, medical volunteers, medical supply companies and housing partners. Funds raised at the event with help us toward our goal is to double our patients census by the year 2023 to serve an additional 2,000 children annually, resulting in thousands of children being helped sooner.